It’s so difficult not to spoil any plot points; maybe it’s best to leave all the descriptions for inside the post.
Mighty Greyboar, the world's greatest professional strangler, is dissatisfied with his lot in life. The work is steady and the pay is good, but what, he wonders, is the point of it all
Hari's visit to Stonehenge on the solstice prompts an investigation into the gray zone between being a native and a migrant, and his memories of growing up in Essex during the Thatcher years. He also tracks down an old friend, whose work with Harvard geneticist David Reich overturns centuries of nationalist thinking. Official site: Into The Zone [more inside]
The Midnight Gospel: The Midnight Gospel Season 1, Ep 0
A new Netflix animated series from Adventure Time’s creator Pen Ward, and podcaster Duncan Trussell. It follows Clancy, who travels to simulated universes and conducts deep, philosophical interviews with its inhabitants. Released on 4/20. [more inside]
This year will mark the 18th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, the forever war... We take a retrospective of the entire war, from the forgotten events of the lead-up to its total financial and moral costs to date. [more inside]
I'm wondering if there's interest in discussing the ContraPoints YouTube videos and, secondarily, how it'd fit on FanFare. [more inside]
The Good Place: Jeremy Bearimy Season 3, Ep 4
The group explores the three main branches of ethical thought. [more inside]
Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve.
So the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu got together and talked about joy for a week. This resulting book is an accessible and actionable journey into the essential practice of experiencing and sharing joy. [more inside]
When one Army soldier discovered the propagation of torture tactics during the Iraq war, he engaged in a one-man mission inside the organization to learn about their origins, and the effect they had on lower-level soldiers who were implementing them... On this episode, we look at the side-effects of moral decision-making on the soldiers who are asked to carry-out a President's orders. Guest voices include Michael Robillard and Ian Fishback. [more inside]
The Good Place: The Eternal Shriek Season 1, Ep 7
Michael, concluding his unusual presence as an Architect in his Neighborhood caused all the trouble, decides to retire - to an eternity of torture. Eleanor figures the only way to stop this is to press a failsafe button that will kill Janet. Chidi is less than enthusiastic.
I'm starting the discussion about the first part of the Hilary Putnam book. The lengthy introduction discusses Putnam's influences, and the essays in Part I focus on metaphysics. [more inside]
Our first selection is a set of essays by Hilary Putnam that covers Metaphysics, Ethics and Aesthetics, and Studies in American Philosophy in its three parts. [more inside]
Is anyone interested in reading and discussing philosophy or philosophical fiction? [more inside]